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Social Media Start-Up Capital: Don't Try a Ponzi Scheme

You’ve got the perfect idea for a social media site, but how do you attract a critical mass of members to launch it? Your credit cards are maxed out and your friends and family are tapped too. Can you attract members by...more

Social Entrepreneurship—Too soon?

Many entrepreneurs are intrigued by the new buzzwords sweeping the community –“social entrepreneurship.” Social entrepreneurship seeks to combine the most popular features of for profit entities (namely, eh, profit) with the...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- May 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Allows Limited Use of Social Media for Public Disclosure; Federal Reserve Board Publishes a Final Rule Specifying when Nonbank Firms are “Predominantly Engaged in...more

Is Crowdfunding Dead On Arrival? A Legal Perspective...

"[Crowdfunding] lays the riskiest investments at the doorstep of those investors that can least afford the risk. And it won’t create jobs except for plaintiff’s lawyers…”...more

The Trouble With Crowdfunding

It’s about one year since President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act), designed to help new companies raise capital and go public. For individual investors the most troublesome provisions of...more

Who wants money for mobile app development?

Kongregate, the game portal owned by GameStop, has announced a financial assistance program to the tune of $10 million for free-to-play mobile app developers....more

Crowdfunding

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has just launched a new campaign in support of changing Canadian securities laws to permit crowdfunding. See the news release here. Crowdfunding is the use of...more

SEC Considering New Regulations Governing Capital Formation for Smaller Companies, Crowdfunding, Social and Other New Media

On April 6, 2011, Mary L. Schapiro, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") sent a letter to Darrell E. Issa, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, responding to a March 22, 2011...more

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